Mariah to Perform at Mawazine Festival in Morocco

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Mariah will close the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco on May 26th at 10 PM. This will be her first time performing in the country of Morocco. 

Mawazine ("Rhythms") is a festival of world music that began in 2001 and takes place annually, featuring Arab and international music icons. In years past, the festival has featured superstars such as Sting, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Kanye West, Kylie Minogue, Joe Cocker, Sugababes, and Elton John. In addition to Mariah, this year's roster includes LMFAO and Scorpions.

Here is the official press release from the festival's website (roughly translated from French):

To close the 11th annual Mawazine Festival, global star Mariah Carey, with her extraordinary voice, will sing her songs on the scene of the OLM Souissi on Saturday, May 26, 2012.

This famous American diva likes Morocco and does not hide it. Impassioned by the Moroccan culture, the singer made installed a Moroccan living room in her apartment in New York, in which her current husband, Nick Cannon, proposed to her. In its honor and homage to this happy memory, they named one of their twins Moroccan Scott in April 2011. It is thus natural that she is enthusiastic to be in Rabat, where it is common to very seldom play in music festivals.

The aspect of this concert that will attract many fans is that this artist is famous not only in Morocco, but abroad. She received innumerable rewards such as 5 Grammy Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 28 Billboard Music Awards, 2 American Heroes Awards, Rolling Stone Award, 17 World Music Award. She has to her credit 13 studio albums, 9 compilations and more than one hundred singles. She also acted in several films and TV series.

Mariah Carey is a singer, producer and American actress born in the United States in 1970. Her exceptional voice is equipped with the talent to sing 5 octaves. She is one of the most popular female singers of the 1990s in the United States and it is often quoted like one of the most influential voices and artists in pop music. She is the writer and interpreter of songs which ensured international success.

Her career started with odd jobs in New York. She met the producer Tommy Mottola, and he heard the songs she recorded. The man is sure to have discovered a revelation. He quickly had her sign a contract of 10 albums with his recording company, Sony Music. Her success began in 1990 and 1991 with the release of the two albums: Mariah Carey and Emotions. With Emotions, Mariah established the record of becoming the only artist to have her first five singles reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and she also received two Grammy Awards. Thereafter, she recorded MTV Unplugged, in which a majority of very famous anglophone artists take part. The broadcast was a success and an album was released from it, which sold with nearly ten million copies throughout the world. The following album, Music Box, made the pop singer known throughout the world. Among the singles were "Hero," "Dreamlover" and "Without You," which was sold the most in Europe and number one in many countries. The singer releases more albums: in 1994, Merry Christmas. The single "All I want for Christmas is you" is phenomenal success in Japan and the United States. The longetivity of this song is astonishing: in each Christmas, it is repeated played on radio stations throughout the world! In 1995, the album Daydream is released. It is also an enormous success: it reaches more than 20 million copies sold worldwide. Mariah releases a duet as a single for the first time, with Boyz II Men. The singles are "Fantasy," "One Sweet Day," "Open arms," "Underneath The Stars" and "Forever." In 2000, according to World Music Awards, Mariah Carey would be the largest selling artist of the decade 1990-2000, with 140 million albums. The release of the album Butterfly is still a success for the singer, with the sales of albums beating all the records. Then #1's and Rainbow followed.

In 2002, Mariah played a surprising role: the part of a woman gangster in the film Wise Girls which received critical acclaim. The film's actresses were greeted at the International Film Festival in Toronto, where the film was premiered. In 2005, the album The Emancipation Of Mimi, a nickname by which she has been called. It contained singles which were an immediate success and ensured a triumphant return for her as one of the pop legends.

In September 2011, Mariah went back to the studio to record a new album. She will premiere one or two of the songs at the time of the concert at closure of the Mawazine festival.

MariahDailyJournal will bring you further details as they become available.